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CONSCIENCE, by            
First Line: Head bowed beneath the burden of the beams
Last Line: All they thought dead pursued them.
Subject(s): Conscience


Head bowed beneath the burden of the beams
And hands transpierced with nails of light,
Bloody brow against the clouds.
The arms outstretched to block the way
The world has passed under your feet
Man and God.

After the forgotten adventure
Of many boarded memories
Nothing remains,
A gnarled stick
In a wrinkled hand,
A heavier, a more uncertain step.

All have gone by
And their slight shadow follows step by step.
With open eyes they walked, and they saw nothing;
They had too heavy a load within
Their arched shoulders carried no burden
At least there seemed none
But what fear when day ended
In the black, empty hole:
Across the night
All they thought dead pursued them.





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